October 2, 2010
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In an era of same-sounding artists where every record label tries to clone the latest big thing, Trisha Yearwood stands out not only because of her perfect pitch and incredible vocal control, but also for her unmatchable knack for matching that voice with just the right material. Born Patricia Lynn Yearwood September 19, 1964 in Monticello, GA, the young Yearwood idolized Elvis Presley and like many of her generation began emulating The King when she sang and danced in local talent competitions. Soon she was also soaking up the sounds of Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, and many others. A move to Nashville to study at Belmont University began paying off right away when Trisha was hired by songwriting friends to sing on demo tapes of their songs. It wasn’t long before Trisha had more demo work than she could handle since she was known for learning songs quickly and nailing them on the first take.
Budget-tight songwriters certainly appreciated this quality.
More of Music Row began catching on to her talent and Trisha Yearwood found work singing backup for some of the biggest names in the business. Her earliest vocals can be heard on albums by Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, and Garth Brooks. Brooks would figure largely in Yearwood’s career after she was signed to MCA, offering her the coveted opening slot on his own mega-tours. The two also continued to sing harmony on each other’s albums.
In 1990 Yearwood signed a deal with Bruce Hinton at MCA Records. Her first single, the plucky ‘She’s In Love With The Boy’, shot to #1, signifying to the public at large that Trisha Yearwood was on her way. With ‘Boy’ Trisha also became the first female to have her debut single hit the top since Connie Smith in 1964. With her second album, the powerful and introspective Hearts In Armor, Trisha Yearwood became the source of great affection for many critics. From there, she became a dominant force on country radio throughout the 1990s and 2000s and she racked up 7 #1 hits and has sold more than 13 million albums in the U.S. In 1997 the industry rewarded her contributions to the genre’s sound when she was given Female Vocalist trophies from both the ACM and CMA. The CMA would go on to vote Yearwood their Female Vocalist again in 1998. In addition she is a three-time Grammy winner and has collected accolades from the American Music Awards and Billboard.
In front of an audience of more than 7,000 enthusiastic and screaming fans, Garth proposed to Trisha at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA. She accepted and the pair were married in 2005. In 2007 Yearwood left MCA and signed with Scott Borchetta’s newly-founded Big Machine label. Her first album for the indie label was a masterpiece of contemporary country, but failed to re-establish Trisha as a consistent hit-maker. Still it has been lauded one of the best collections of her career. Now 46, Trisha enters the second stage of her illustrious career armed with what is likely the most consistent and quality catalogs of any of her peers, past or present. She’s proven herself a class act time and again. Her technical skills and masterful chops are still in top form and she continues to wow fans with each new release. Her legion of fans are eagerly awaiting the release of her latest album. No word yet on a release date but Trisha has confirmed she’s been in the studio. Until we are given the pleasure of new music from this incredibly talented lady, we hope you enjoy our trip down memory lane as we revisit and highlight the music of one of the best and brightest modern Nashville has to offer, all throughout October.